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Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks during a news conference in Port-au-Prince Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks during a news conference in Port-au-Prince 

Haiti's new Prime Minister promises elections

Haiti`s new Prime Minister Ariel Henry is pledging his government is working towards holding elections as quickly as possible, to regain stability and democracy, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

By James Blears

Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was inaugurated Prime Minister last week, in a ceremony in the Capital Port Au Prince, says the avowed mission of his Administration, is to prepare conditions to hold elections, as quickly as practically possible.  He hasn`t specified the exact date when this will happen, but stressed that it will be within this year.  Haiti`s ongoing crisis took a considerable and significant turn for the worse with President Moise`s assassination on July 7th by a group of Colombian mercenaries, in which his Wife Martine was seriously wounded, but managed to survive, following emergency medical treatment, after she was airlifted to the United States and was rushed to a Miami hospital. 

 

The United States, The United Nations and the Organization of American States are urging Haiti to swiftly move towards elections, but politicians within Haiti say that current conditions create a difficult and dangerous environment for a fair, impartial, safe and democratic process. 

The investigation into the assassination is being done by Haitian Police and Interpol. Twenty six ex Colombian soldiers, six of which received specialist training in the United States, while serving in the military are being investigated.  Head of President Moise`s Security Detail Jean Laguel, has been arrested. His lawyer says the detention is politically motivated.  Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  These events are yet further worsening its economic and political plight. 

Listen to the report by James Blears
29 July 2021, 10:13